Favorite Album cover



Favorite Album cover

Postby Bill » Thu Jan 17, 2002 3:25 am

What is your favorite cover and why? Which one do you like the least? Any thoughts on other covers?

My favorite cover is Drama, by far. For those with the LP, you will remember that it is a really nice matte finish as well. Has a bit of a different feel.

Fragile would be #2.

I actually like "Big Generator" just because it is so different and in your face. The LP is much nicer than the CD cover, however.

Least favorite would either be the first album or Talk. I also do not think "The Ladder" is one of Roger Dean's better paintings.

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Postby fragilesi » Thu Jan 17, 2002 3:40 am

Hmmm, an old favourite thread come back . . . it'll be interesting to see what the larger Yestalk crowd we now have adds to it.

And well , just to be awkward my favourite piece of Yes artwork is actually the inner cover of Close to the Edge, very dreamy, superb fantasy art. Then I'd probably go for Topographic / Fragile.

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Postby khalpin » Thu Jan 17, 2002 3:54 am

Mine would be the back cover of Yesshows. If back covers count. I have it as my wallpaper on my computer.
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Postby Squire*Fan725 » Thu Jan 17, 2002 5:47 am

<font color=blue>Most favorite album covers: #1: Tales #2: Relayer #3: Fragile. Why? I don't know, I just <i>DO!</i> Maybe because of the intricate artwork, especially on Tales and Relayer...Ah, Roger Dean. The man's a <i>GENIUS!</i>

Least favoite album covers: #1: Tormato-What the fuck was up with that freakin' <i>tomato</i>, anyway?!? And the rest, <u>UGH</u>! at least the pic of the band on the back is cool. THAT should've been the cover, IMO, <i>sans</i> the tomato, of course! #2: Talk- It just plain <i>SUCKS</i>. 'Nuff said. and #3: Big Generator- Whoever did <i>this</i> one could've done a much better job!</font id=blue>
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Postby Lyth » Thu Jan 17, 2002 6:53 am

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My favouite cover is probably Relayer. However Drama and Yesshows do run it close.

My favourite piece of Yes artwork is on the inside of Yessongs - the girl sittng atop the rock watching the ship arrive. I love that picture.

My least favourite is Talk.
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Postby Ed1909 » Thu Jan 17, 2002 7:53 am

Two favourites:

Relayer and ABWH (which I have as my wallpaper; love the eagle!)

Least favourites: Time and a Word (US band pic version), Big G, Talk.
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Postby guilddigger » Thu Jan 17, 2002 11:42 am

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i just love the simplicity of the close to the edge cover.
those tranquile shades of green is what i think of during the birds chirping at the beginning. like i imagine a rain forest to be.
the most appalling cover must be big generator. so 80´s. nuff said!


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Postby perpetualchanger » Fri Jan 18, 2002 1:23 am

Not a popular choice, but my favorite is the "Green Towers" on the cover of "Classic Yes." I even have it as wallpaper on my computer. I like the greens and blues, and the water.

Even though I don't care for snakes, Relayer would be the next favorite.

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Postby N2yes » Sat Jan 19, 2002 2:33 pm

<font color=red><font face='Trebuchet MS'>There can be no question that this distinction goes to "Tales From Topographic Oceans" for two reasons. One, the idea is so novel to me; fish swimming without water in a star-laden sky-sea. Secondly, the color combination is not too much, just right! Though others may have been tempted to go further, R.D. knew when to stop. All of this just adds to the YES mystique in which Roger has done a fair share of promoting through his visuals.</font id='TrebuchetMS'><img src=pix/icon_smile_blackeye.gif border=0 align=middle></font id=red>

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Postby IngnoZac » Sun Jan 20, 2002 2:36 am

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<font color=red><font face='Trebuchet MS'>fish swimming without water in a star-laden sky-sea.</font id='TrebuchetMS'><img src=pix/icon_smile_blackeye.gif border=0 align=middle></font id=red>
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Have you realized that there's a 'fish out of water' in Yessongs as well? Funny that this two didn't have Bill as drummer. Was this any part of the real reason?

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Postby Altair » Mon Jan 21, 2002 4:52 pm

I'll go with Union. While the album may be an onion to some in here, this cover is definitely no tomato.
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Postby Sandya Maulana » Wed Jan 23, 2002 7:29 pm

Well...
1. Close To The Edge, I like the emptiness and the gradation from black to green.
2. Tales, gave me a visual depth effect
3. The Ladder, I like the painting so does YesYears
4. Yes (1st album)cover, like I said, I like emptiness, and the logo was just right.
5. Time and A Word, there's a nudie over there ... (just kidding)
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Postby Sandya Maulana » Wed Jan 23, 2002 7:31 pm

I forgot something ...

Fragile, how come I don't like it ?

If Jon's albums are considered too, I would say Olias Of Sunhillow (it's a classic!)
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Postby Chris2210 » Wed Jan 23, 2002 8:15 pm

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<b>Sandya Maulana wrote:</b>

If Jon's albums are considered too, I would say Olias Of Sunhillow (it's a classic!)
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Yeah, especially if you've got the full vinyl gatefold - it's a beauty.<img src=pix/icon_smile_approve.gif border=0 align=middle> (Smug smiley - those were the days by 'eck).

I think the ABWH cover is perhaps the most beautifully realised of Roger's paintings for the band.
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Postby perpetualchanger » Wed Jan 23, 2002 9:01 pm

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<b>Altair wrote:</b>
I'll go with Union. While the album may be an onion to some in here, this cover is definitely no tomato.
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No, Tormato was the tomato. <img src=pix/jestera.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby Dr_Yes » Wed Jan 23, 2002 9:22 pm

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<b>Chris2210 wrote:</b>
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<b>Sandya Maulana wrote:</b>

If Jon's albums are considered too, I would say Olias Of Sunhillow (it's a classic!)
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Yeah, especially if you've got the full vinyl gatefold - it's a beauty.<img src=pix/icon_smile_approve.gif border=0 align=middle> (Smug smiley - those were the days by 'eck).

I think the ABWH cover is perhaps the most beautifully realised of Roger's paintings for the band.
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Ah, memories of full vinyl gatefold. Along with Olias and its scriptic mystic story I'd add Yessongs too like Lyth. There's something about the construction of a 3-record set that can't be replicated on CD anymore.
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Postby Bill » Fri Jan 25, 2002 11:59 am

I actually do not mind the Tormato photo. I think it is kinda cool, the blue toned guy with divining rods upon a tor, but I agree that the splattered Tomato ruins the whole affect.

Also, I HATE THE TITLE! TORMATO IS JUST A BAD, BAD ALBUM TITLE!!!!

Sorry, but I realized the album name actually affects how I look at the artwork and music. Silly, but true.

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Postby chromatic88 » Thu Feb 07, 2002 1:36 am

So many great covers, but my favourite is probably Relayer, which edges out the others probably because, daily, I see the cover (a signed Roger Dean print) framed and hanging on my living room wall.

Least favourite is probably Big Generator. I don't mind the minimalist approach, but those colours!! Barfarama. But come to think of it, Tormato, is pretty bad too - redeemed abit by the back cover and the inner sleave.

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Postby Bill » Tue Feb 12, 2002 5:43 am

Why does everyone think the back cover of Tormato is better than the front? That is an incredibly cheesy photo of the band wearing way-out-of date psuedo-silk monogrammed jackets. Yuck!

Also, concerning Big Generator, does everyone just not like it, or is their a difference of opinion concerning the CD/Tape (yellow and red and black) and the LP cover (Green and purple with a shot of orange). The layout is also a little diffent. I do not like the tape/CD, but I quite like the LP cover. BTW, the CD originally came in a white box with black lettering (back when they boxed CD's).

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Postby NineLives » Wed Feb 27, 2002 12:43 am

Here are my favorite Roger Dean covers (in no particular order):

Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe
Asia - Alpha
Yes - Relayer
Steve Howe - Beginnings
Steve Howe - The Steve Howe Album
Yes - Drama
Yes - Yesshows
Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans
Yes - Yesterdays
Yes - Union
Yes - Keys To Ascension 1 & 2

For some reason, these have had "staying power." Fragile, Close To The Edge, and Yessongs all look a bit "dated" to me now. Lastly, the Yesyears boxed set was disappointing to me - maybe because I was expecting so much more. It's all a bit yellow, isn't it?

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Postby Chris2210 » Wed Feb 27, 2002 3:33 am

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It's all a bit yellow, isn't it?

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LMAO, yep - it's very 'yellow'.<img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby perpetualchanger » Sun Mar 03, 2002 9:11 am

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<b>chromatic88 wrote:</b>
So many great covers, but my favourite is probably Relayer, which edges out the others probably because, daily, I see the cover (a signed Roger Dean print) framed and hanging on my living room wall.
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Dang! I'd love to have that. Would you adopt me so I could be in your will? <img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby perpetualchanger » Sun Mar 03, 2002 9:14 am

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<b>Sandya Maulana wrote:</b>
I forgot something ...

Fragile, how come I don't like it ?

If Jon's albums are considered too, I would say Olias Of Sunhillow (it's a classic!)
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Agree with you about Olias, that's some incredibly detailed artwork and I'm about to buy it on vinyl. Who knows, maybe I can hang it in my living room when it gets autographed by Jon, right next to the Relayer cover that Alan's going to will to me! <img src=pix/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle>

As for <img src=pix/icon_smile_evil.gif border=0 align=middle>, seems to me a lot of people don't like it but it's right up there for me. I can't even really say why I like it. I just do.

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Postby BrianD » Mon Mar 04, 2002 7:46 pm

A very difficult choice.

CTTE possibly edges out a number of others - Relayer, TFTO and Yessongs - due to its deceptive simplicity with the shades of green and then that marvellous inside painting where all of thbe water is close to the edge - to me that is a perfect balance with the music.

As for covers I don't like - well Yes was pretty boring, Talk was not much better.

Agree that of the solo albums Olias is up there.
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Postby chromatic88 » Sun Mar 10, 2002 5:46 am

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<b>perpetualchanger wrote:</b>
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<b>chromatic88 wrote:</b>
So many great covers, but my favourite is probably Relayer, which edges out the others probably because, daily, I see the cover (a signed Roger Dean print) framed and hanging on my living room wall.
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Dang! I'd love to have that. Would you adopt me so I could be in your will? <img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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They show up on ebay fairly often. Some have Roger's signature and some have Jon's. Also, I think Roger Dean has some for sale on his website.

"in my will" - there is probably no one in my immediate family who would treasure this as much as it deserves. So, while I still haven't wrote my will, I will have to think of a good home for this (and my record collection), for that time when I pass into that "world" where the angels play Yes Music infinitely.

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Postby relayer4u » Sun Mar 10, 2002 8:10 am

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<b>chromatic88 wrote:</b>

They show up on ebay fairly often. Some have Roger's signature and some have Jon's. Also, I think Roger Dean has some for sale on his website.

Alan
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<font color=red> Just to set the record straight, please visit Roger's web site for the truth about "plate signed by Roger Dean" Relayer lithos.</font id=red>

http://www.rogerdean.com/forsale/relayer.htm

My favorite? Tales From Topographic Oceans!

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Postby chromatic88 » Tue Mar 12, 2002 2:40 pm

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<b>relayer4u wrote:</b>
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<b>chromatic88 wrote:</b>

They show up on ebay fairly often. Some have Roger's signature and some have Jon's. Also, I think Roger Dean has some for sale on his website.

Alan
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<font color=red> Just to set the record straight, please visit Roger's web site for the truth about "plate signed by Roger Dean" Relayer lithos.</font id=red>

http://www.rogerdean.com/forsale/relayer.htm

My favorite? Tales From Topographic Oceans!

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Dang!! and other four letter words!!
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Postby Krish Tewari, M.D. » Tue Mar 12, 2002 3:39 pm

My favorites are:
1. Tales
2. Relayer
3. Yessongs
4. Fragile
5. Close to the Edge.

I actually like 90125 and Talk and also Magnification. I'm not sure why b/c a part of me wishes Roger Dean would just do every cover for them. I like consistency in life.
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Postby fragilesi » Tue Mar 12, 2002 5:05 pm

I would agree, all of the non-Dean covers are pretty average in my opinion. 90125 I thought was a stylish and appropriate design but I didn't spend hours looking at it like the Dean covers which really added value and atmosphere to the whole package.

Magnification though is imho easily the best non-Dean cover, it had a spacey feel, some depth to it, a story behind it and I think that it fits the album brilliantly. I'd like to see the same guy on the next one unless Roger is in one of his more creative moods.

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Postby perpetualchanger » Tue Mar 12, 2002 10:25 pm

I LOVE the color of Magnification. Yes, I know. It's all purple. That's my favorite color, and the Mag color happens to be my favorite shade of my favorite color. And the interior pictures are pretty cool. But Classic Yes is still my favorite.

If you want to see some really cool Roger Dean artwork, you simply must go to www.tetrisworlds.com and download the Tetris Worlds demo for PC. I wound up buying it. I love the game and the art!

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